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I just inherited a pressure canner. It's pretty well used and I'm a little nervous about using it. I've never done pressure canning before. Is there a place where I can get it checked out for safety, and how do I learn how to use it.

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Check with your local Extension Office.  They can test the gauge and can look over the pressure canner.  SOme really old models are not worth saving.  New models cost as little as $80.  Ask the Extension Agent if there any Master Canners in your county who could help you learn a little about canning.

Be sure and check out http://www.homefoodpreservation.com.  They have all of the safe recipes and have many how-to's.

Posted on 30 Oct 2007

Brian Nummer
Food Safety Specialist

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